Senator Forry to keynote Independence Day gala in Randolph on Jan. 4

Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (H.A.U.) of Boston, Massachusetts and the General Consulate of Haiti in Boston announce the 13th Annual Haitian Independence Day Gala to be held on Saturday, January 4th, 2014 starting 7p.m. at Lombardo's Function Hall in Randolph, Mass.

For the past 12 years, H.A.U. has organized the Independence Day gala to celebrate the triumph and the impact of the 1791 Haitian Slave Revolution, honor Haiti's forefathers and commemorate the anniversary of the proclamation of Haiti's independence on January 1st, 1804. The gala has been held also to increase cultural awareness and community visibility, strengthen Haitian unity on common ground and educate Haitian-American Youth about their heritage.

In addition, this year's gala will be dedicated to honor the First Massachusetts Haitian-American State Senator, our keynote Speaker Linda Dorcena Forry for her steady leadership in the area of business development, education and immigration issues; and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino for his commitment to the well-being and the progress of Haitian-Americans as well as making Boston a welcoming city for immigrants in general. Read more

Casino partners plan Sept. 10 vendors’ forum in Roxbury

East Boston is in the pole position when it comes to reaping jobs and vendor contracts from a proposed resort casino at Suffolk Downs. But the partners behind the project are starting to reach out to Boston’s other neighborhoods as well— beginning with a Sept. 10 “business partnership forum” at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. Read more

Erick Jean Center for the Arts to be dedicated on Saturday

arbara Verneus danced during the I Am Kreyol bazaar held at the Erick Jean Center for the Arts on May 25. The facility at 157 Washington Street will host its grand opening on Sat., June 22 at 11 a.m. The Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) welcomes the public to the daylong grand opening of the Erick Jean Center for the Arts. The EJCA is a 1200 sq. ft multifunctional art facility across the street from the new Four Corners train station, in the heart of Four Corners. Photo by ExFailures Photography

On Saturday, the Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) welcomes the public beginning at 11 a.m. to the daylong grand opening of the Erick Jean Center for the Arts. The EJCA is a 1200 sq. ft multifunctional art facility across the street from the new Four Corners/Geneva train station, in the heart of Four Corners. DAC held a “soft” preview opening of the space in mid-February. Read more

Brockton to celebrate Haitian flag day

May. 17, 2013 - 9:00 am

BROCKTON — Mayor Linda M. Balzotti invites the public to join in the City of Brockton’s Haitian Flag celebration.

WHAT: Haitian Flag Day

WHERE: City Hall Plaza

45 School St.

Brockton, Mass. 02301

WHEN: Friday, May 17th – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A collaboration between the Mayor’s Office and South Shore Haitians United for Progress, Inc., the ceremony will include guest speakers, musical performances and a flag raising. Read more

Boston Haitian woman among those hurt in marathon bombings

A 30 year-old Mattapan mother is among the victims recovering from a terrible injury sustained in Monday's terror attack on Boylston Street. Marie Daniel lost her leg when one of two explosions tore through a crowd of innocents standing near the finish line.

Her husband, Richardson Daniel, said that she is now in stable condition thanks to heroic work of first responders and caregivers at Massachusetts General Hospital, who saved her life.

"Her heart stopped twice," said Mr. Daniels, a native of Haiti, like his young wife. "They re-animated her in the ER and again in the operating room. They needed to operate on her right away. She is getting excellent care." Read more

Flag-raising ceremony at Boston City Hall

May. 17, 2013 - 12:00 pm

The Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (H.A.U.) in collaboration with the General Consulate of Haiti in Boston, is pleased to invite the general public to participate in a series of events to celebrate the 2013 Haitian Heritage Month in Massachusetts.

As for the past years, H.A.U. will coordinate three major events (one in collaboration with Haitian-American State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry) for the Haitian Heritage Month: Read more

Haitian Unity Parade on Blue Hill Avenue

May. 19, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Haitian Unity Parade on Blue Hill Avenue: Photo by Idly GaletteHaitian Unity Parade on Blue Hill Avenue: Photo by Idly Galette
The Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (H.A.U.) in collaboration with the General Consulate of Haiti in Boston, is pleased to invite the general public to participate in a series of events to celebrate the 2013 Haitian Heritage Month in Massachusetts.

The 13th annual Haitian-American Unity Parade will take place on Blue Hill Avenue, Sunday, May 19, starting in Mattapan Square at 1PM. More than one hundred local organizations, schools and businesses from all over New England, floats and marching bands are expected to participate. This year the parade will be led by Grand Marshal, Reverend Marc Antoine Biennestin, President of the New England Haitian Pastors Association. Read more

Haitian community meets with mayor's office

Mar. 2, 2013 - 5:30 pm

The Mayor of Malden's initiative to re-imagine the downtown of Malden continues with a community meeting in Malden, this Saturday, March 2nd. All teens and adults from the Haitian community are invited for an evening of Haitian food, music and, most critically, meaningful discussion on what residents love about Malden's downtown and hope for in Malden's downtown. The event will be this Saturday, from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Philadelphie Haitian Community Church at 575 Main Street.

For more information, email

Rep. Forry to seek State Senate seat in special election

State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, the second Haitian-American elected to public office in Massachusetts and the only one still at the State House, is making a bid for the upper chamber. If elected, Dorcena Forry would be the Bay State’s first Haitian-American state senator.

Rep. Forry is part of a field of candidates aiming to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart, who left for a job at Nelson Mullins, a top law firm. State Rep. Nick Collins, a colleague in the House, is also running, as is fellow South Boston native Maureen Dahill. All are Democrats, and a Republican, Joseph Ureneck, has pulled nomination papers.

The heavily Democratic district will likely mean that the April 30 Democratic primary will determine the eventual occupant of the First Suffolk Senate seat. The general election is set for May 28.
Dorcena Forry is the daughter of Haitian immigrants who live in Uphams Corner. She is married to Reporter publisher and editor Bill Forry of Lower Mills. Read more

Black History Month Celebration at Boston City Hall

Feb. 28, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Boston City Councillor Charles C. Yancey, in collaboration with Councillors Ayanna Pressley and Tito Jackson and Blacks In Government (BIG) Greater Boston Chapter, will host a Black History Month Celebration on Thursday, February 28, 12:00pm to 1:30pm at Boston City Hall in the Iannella Chambers on the 5th Floor. Read more

Third anniversary Mass for earthquake victims at St. Angela's Church

Jan. 12, 2013 - 2:00 pm

A third Anniversary Mass for the victims of the Haitian earthquake will be held at St. Angela's Church in Mattapan on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m.. It is for the entire Greater Boston Haitian community. All the Haitian priests will concelebrate. After Mass, congregants will go to New Calvary Cemetery to visit the grave set up for the earthquake victims for a short prayer service. A reception will follow at St. Angela's.

Marian Praises and Prayers (French) at St. Angela's-Mattapan

Jan. 6, 2013 - 7:00 pm

St Angela Church is hosting a series of monthly ‘Marian Praises and Prayers’ (‘Les Louanges Mariales’) – Sunday, January 6, 2013 in French and Latin every first Sunday of the month at 7 PM in the main church at 1544 Blue Hill Avenue (Route 28), Mattapan, MA 02126.

Saint Angela’s organist Jean-Louis Daniel and The Great Choir of Saint Angela Parish will perform. Read more

IJDH: Baseball in the Time of Cholera screening

Dec. 5, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Join the Brandeis-Haiti Initiative and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti for a film screening of "Baseball in the Time of Cholera." IJDH Director Brian Concannon will facilitate a community discussion about the impact of cholera, which has taken the lives of more than 7,700 people in Haiti and the role of the UN in the cholera outbreak.

Where : Olin-Sang Auditorium at Brandeis University (Waltham, MA)
When : Wednesday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. Read more

Independence Day Gala hosted by H.A.U. Inc.

Jan. 5, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (H.A.U.) host 12th Annual Haitian Independence Day Gala, 7 p.m. at Lombardo's, 6 Billings Street, Randolph. Admission: $65 per person/$120 per couple. For more information, please contact H.A.U. at 617-298-2976 or by e-mail:

Young man shot dead during student protest in Port-au-Prince

An unidentified man was shot dead on Nov. 16 while students staged another demonstration in a week of small but raucous street protests in the capital's downtown, authorities said. Read more

Gov. Patrick: New federal law clears way for in-state tuition

Some young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children will become eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at public universities and community colleges in Massachusetts as part of a new federal program put in place over the summer by President Barack Obama, according to a senior Patrick administration official. Read more

The president’s lengthy coattails

Elizabeth Warren ran an awesome, grassroots campaign — particularly in Boston, where she won more than 80 percent of the vote against a still-popular (in many quarters) incumbent, Scott Brown.

Many people can, and will, get credit locally. The Democratic establishment in Boston — elected officials and labor unions—got behind Warren in a big way. And their GOTV efforts on Tuesday were impressive. Of course, the bulk of the credit goes to Warren herself, a supremely well-qualified individual who we think will be a standout United States senator. Read more

Editorial: Elizabeth Warren for US Senate

Elizabeth Warren: She's earned our support in Tuesday's election.Elizabeth Warren: She's earned our support in Tuesday's election.The act of electing an “independent Republican” to represent Massachusetts in the United State Senate two years ago was, in some ways, a worthwhile exercise. Senator Scott Brown sometimes rejects the far-right majority that has become the brain trust and base of the Republican party. And he satisfies a certain instinct within our electorate to add variety to the range of political perspectives we have in our arsenal.

But in a Republican party that no longer boasts even the modest makings of a moderate wing, Brown has been — and, unfortunately, will remain—a follower, an afterthought, an outlier with little sway in the national debate moving forward. Moderate Republicans have been driven from the ranks by Tea Partiers and other hard-liners whose allegiances to far-right ideologues (see Grover Norquist and his no-taxes pledge) trump any reasoned attempt at compromise. Read more

Lawyer with Boston ties says government is persecuting him

PORT-AU-PRINCE— A prominent Haitian lawyer and his law firm say he's being persecuted for work that is politically at odds with the government of President Michel Martelly. Attorney Mario Joseph says he has been subjected to an escalating series of menacing phone calls, harassment and intimidation over the past year.

Joseph has worked closely with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, a non-profit organization located in South Boston. Read more

Several thousand people protest Martelly government

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AP)— Several thousand people poured into the streets of Haiti's capital on Sunday to protest the government of President Michel Martelly.

It was among the biggest demonstrations this year in Port-au-Prince against the first-time leader as he tries to rebuild the impoverished nation following a powerful 2010 earthquake that displaced more than a million people and destroyed thousands of homes. Read more

U.S. extends TPS status for Haitians for 18 months

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said today that it has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians for an additional 18 months, the second such extension made since the program went into effect in the days following the Jan. 2010 earthquake. The extension of TPS for Haiti will begin Jan. 23, 2013, and end July 22, 2014.

Secretary Janet Napolitano Napolitano said the government would also extend the suspension of certain requirements for F-1 non-immigrant Haitian students. Read more

Fr. Joy celebrates 40 years in priesthood

Fr. Bill Joy celebrates 40 years as priestFr. Bill Joy celebrates 40 years as priestFr. Bill Joy, pastor of St. Angela and St. Matthew parishes celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for 40 years of being a priest on Sept. 16 at St. Angela's and this past Sunday at St. Matthew's. His sister, Grace and her husband Tom Reynolds attended. Both Fr. Joy and his sister grew up in St. Matthew's and attended the parish grammar school. Photo by Patrick O'Connor Read more

Forry’s Breakfast Series lauds ‘renaissance’ in Mattapan

State and city officials, community leaders and residents gathered at the Mattapan branch of the Boston Public Library for the fifth in a series of Mattapan Breakfast Series meetings on Tuesday morning. Hosted by state Rep. Linda Forry, the meeting focused on the recent rejuvenation of one of the city’s most misunderstood neighborhoods. Read more

Fidel gives Konpa fans a reason to invest in their future

FidelFidelFidel has made its official entry as one of the industry’s ambitious new bands. The group’s first release, “Avel li Fel” boasts a modest 10 original compositions and is an independent release.

Much of the buzz around Fidel stems from the adventures or misadventures of lead singer Dabenz Chery. Dabenz honed his pipes as a feature of some of the industry’s better known bands including the likes of Zenglen, System and the short-lived Canada based Oxygen to name a few. The events that led to his association and eventual disassociation from the better known among the groups are fodder that now serves the curiosity factor that may lead to sales and decent concert turn-outs in the coming months. Beyond the Dabenz factor, a charismatic figure like Patrick Appollon (Zin’s former drummer) being in the official line up is sure to help the expansion of the Fidel’s fan base. Read more

Loving Freedom, Loving Haiti, Repairing the Environment

Patrick SylvainPatrick SylvainChildhood treks, I conjure up memories of happiness as I experienced the countryside at times with my father, and at other times with my older cousin, who were both too happy to replenish themselves with fresh air while also taking time to meditate under their own favorite trees, or simply contemplating nature. They, separately, yet at around the same time, made me appreciate a green environment.

Although they are both departed from my existence, they nevertheless are still implanted in my memory. Just like my father or my cousin, the trees that imprinted my psyche with awe for a reverence of nature are no longer present on a vast part of the land that we once trekked. My eyes captured the giant presence of silk-cotton trees, fig trees and logwood trees. The trees of my childhood can only be seen when I travel to other countries like, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Saint Lucia. Once there, I’m always nostalgic for what we once had in abundance. Read more